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A Moment With Me, Ari

Hello. It’s been a while since we last spoke.

The first thing you probably noticed is that the blog’s theme has changed. I changed the theme once in the past, and I felt like the blog could use an update. Frankly, I am loving this new theme. It’s so fresh and bright looking, and whenever I get in the mood for change, I can just change the header photo. 

If you click on the left box (three bars), you will be taken to the menu. From there you can proceed to one of the site’s pages. If you click on the right box (four bars), you can search for something on the blog, see recent posts, follow the blog, access old posts by month or catergory, see the tags, and there’s also a little calender with special dates on it. All this used to be on the side of the page.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this major change. You can either tell me what you think through this poll or in the comment section. If you absolutely hate it, don’t be afraid to voice your opinion, and if you love it, that’d be great to know.

 

I’d like to apologize for neglecting the verses of the day and song of the week. I have no excuses, and I’m going to try harder to scheudle the posts ahead of time. This year in the verses of the day, we are mostly going to be in the Psalms, Proverbs, 2nd Samuel, Acts, and Genesis, and this year I’ve added a Christmas advent to the calender. If you’d like the Excel of the calender, I would be more than happy to send it to you. You can either contact me personally or email the blog at highlightandwrite@gmail.com, and I will send you the attachment.

I’m very excited to announce that Highlight & Read is starting back next month, and I’ll be announcing March’s book tomorrow. Book club will now be hosted here on the blog. On the meeting’s date, I’ll create a new post, and we can discuss the book in the comment section. All book club posts will be password protected, and you will either need to contact me personally or email the blog to receive the password. I may change the system in the future, but let’s just see how this works.

As for the Berkshire County Chronicles, I’m not sure when that will start again. Someday, I’d love to return to the world of Natalie and My Crazy Life, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. Those books and characters will always have a special place in my heart, but I think it’s time I start moving on. I’m not saying never. I hope to one day finish the entire line-up of books I planned out two years ago, but for now the entire series is on hiatus.

Since I did create this blog to share my stories with the world, I will be starting a brand new series this spring. I don’t want to “offically” announce this new story since I haven’t started writing it yet and just in case things don’t work out, but hopefully by May, I’ll be publishing chapters twice a week. The one thing I will say about this new series is that it’s science fiction and takes place in space.

I’m looking forward to the year ahead on Highlight & Write and am not-so-patiently waiting to see what God has in store for my life. But I know He’s going to be with me every step of the way.

Posted in Verse of the Day

Verse of the Day

Acts 9:26-31

And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. And when the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.

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Verse of the Day

Psalms 72:1-7

Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son! May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice! Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness! May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor! May they fear you while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations! May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth! In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!

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Verse of the Day

2 Peter 3:11-13

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

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Verse of the Day

Psalms 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

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Verse of the Day

Acts 2:1-13

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”

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Verse of the Day

2 Samuel 5:17-25

When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. But David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” And the LORDsaid to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. And the Philistines left their idols there, and David and his men carried them away. And the Philistines came up yet again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, “You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees. And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the LORD has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” And David did as the LORD commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba to Gezer.

 

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Verse of the Day

Jeremiah 13:1.5-17

Hear and give ear; be not proud, for the LORD has spoken. Give glory to the LORD your God before he brings darkness, before your feet stumble on the twilight mountains, and while you look for light he turns it into gloom and makes it deep darkness. But if you will not listen, my soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears, because the LORD’s flock has been taken captive

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Verse of the Day

Psalms 52

Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day. Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue. But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah The righteous shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying, “See the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction!” But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly.